AAR4841 - GIS as a Planning Tool


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 50/100 4 hours D
Work 50/100

Course content

Knowledge about geographical information systems (GIS) as important tools for physical planning. Introduction to, and training with GIS applications, such as ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro or QGIS.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The functionality and operation of geographic information systems (GIS). Basic geographical data and reference systems, cartography and cartographic methods, relevant to the needs and scope of physical planning. Data structures, data models and geographic / spatial analysis techniques that are used for examination and presentation of the plan base, plan presentation and impact analysis. Norwegian data sources and their use in analysis and planning. Skills: Facilitation of geographical data in a GIS, preparation for analysis or design purposes. Basic design and editing work using GIS tools. The use of 2D and 3D for presentation of plan base and results in an easily understandable manner. Use of GIS functions for plan-oriented analysis of localization or consequences of plan implementation. General competence: to make use of acquired knowledge and skills solving a variety of tasks related to geographic analysis and physical planning.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and concentrated training workshops.

Further on evaluation

The exercise counts 50% towards the final grade in the course. Both exercises and written exam must be passed to pass the course. You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period.When exercises have been passed, grading will be valid for 1,5 years and might be included for a re-scheduled exam.

Required previous knowledge

Minimum Bachelor's degree or its equivalent.

Course materials

Textbook will be announced before term, in addition an excercise compendium will be distributed.

It is advised, but not required, to use private PC for the exercises. The exercises will be relatively heavy tasks in GIS software (ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS), thus the following requirements specification is recommended:

Processor: Intel minimum i5, preferably i7 or xeon. AMD Ryzen 5, 7 or 9.

64 bit operating system (Windows 10)

At least 8 GB RAM, preferably 16 GB

Storage capacity HD or SSD min. 500 GB

Dedicated video card of at least 4 GB, Nvidia or AMD

Students who do not have a PC that follows this specification will be allowed to use local data labs.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TBA4240 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
AAR4847 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Town and Regional Planning
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning


Examination arrangement: Written examination and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 50/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Work 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS School exam 50/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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